Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Margherita Amatulli
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language French
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
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Learning Objectives

The course will present and analyse the most significant aspects of French cultural history in the XX and XXI centuries through cinema – a privileged witness of cultural and social unrest.  The course offers the student an understanding of the socio-historical context of France in this period, as well as the tools to master the language of cinema, the opportunity to develop a narrative and sociological critique of the films presented, and the acquisition of useful elements for cultural analysis.


After a brief introduction to the birth and evolution of cinema, the following stages and problems in French culture will be presented on screen through a representative sample of cinematic works and excerpts:  Belle époque, Surrealism, the Popular Front, Occupation,   the 1960s, 1968, Immigration, the Banlieue.

The films chosen belong to a variety of genres and offer occasion to reflect on the manners in which the French have interpreted their history on screen.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Understanding and comprehension: The student will have a solid understanding of French historical contexts and cultural products.
Ability to apply understanding and comprehension: The student will be able to use the necessary tools and will know how to apply methodologies learned to analyse texts and documents.
Autonomous evaluation: The student will possess the critical and interpretive skills necessary to create autonomous analyses and judgements on broad cultural themes and current French socio-cultural themes.
Communications abilities: The student will be able to communicate on general informational topics and on specific topics and use sectoral language.
Learning skills: The student will develop those learning abilities necessary to update and consolidate their knowledge.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

As well as lessons held by the professor, further instruction will be offered by a teacher  expert in cinema.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures, student reports, film screenings. Viewing and deepening understanding of the films presented in class is a key component of the programme.


Minimum attendance 70%.

Course books

As well as the material used in class and uploaded to the Blended Platform:

-Kevin Labiausse,  La France au XXe Siècle de 1914 à Nos Jours 25 Fiches, Paris, Ellipses Marketing, 2014.


Oral exam

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Autonomous study

Course books

-Kevin Labiausse,  La France au XXe Siècle de 1914 à Nos Jours 25 Fiches, Paris, Ellipses Marketing, 2014.

Students are required to read twoo works from the following list:

- Laurent Creton,  L'économie du cinéma : En 50 fiches, Paris, Armand Colin, 2016 (5° edizione)

- Michel Marie (sous la direction de ), Histoire du cinéma français, Paris, Armand Colin, ultima edizione


Students are  required to read one literary works from the following list:

-Georges  Perec, Les choses Une histoire des années soixante, 1965 qualsiasi edizione (consigliato agli studenti della triennale)

(per approfondimenti : http://www.youscribe.com/catalogue/documents/education/fiches-de-lecture/les-choses-de-georges-perec-1440378;


-Annie Ernaux, Les années, Paris, Gallimard, 2009 (qualsiasi edizione) (consigliato agli studenti TEFLI)

(per approfondimenti sull'opera: 

-M. Snauwaert, Les années d’Annie Ernaux : la forme d’une vie de femme :


-A. Compagnon, Désécrire la vie :



Students are  required to wath three movies from the following list:

J. Renoir, Les bas-fonds  (1936) oppure  Toni (1935

H.-G. Clouzot, Le Corbeau (1943) oppure F. Truffaut, Le dernier métro (1980)

J. Tati, Mon Oncle (1958)  oppure Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953)  oppure Play-time (1967) 



Oral exam


Non-attending students are required to contact the professor over the course of the second semester. 

Students interested in developing a specific topic or period through the medium of film can make arrangements with the professor to create an alternative list of films.

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